“Fresh Grass” – Tickets Now for Mass MoCA’s Big Bluegrass Festival September 21-23, 2012

David Grisman is a headliner.

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What a lineup!

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
Trampled By Turtles
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Lonesome River Band
Joy Kills Sorrow
Cahalen & Eli
Leyla McCalla
The Devil Makes Three
Infamous Stringdusters
Spirit Family Reunion
plus a Banjo Workshop, Galleries

The Lonesome River Band

There are a lot of  bluegrass lovers out there, and Mass MoCA has been offering ever growing chunks of it to the public in and around the Berkshires.  To their delight, it has been a success, and this Fall they are pulling out all the stops with a three day Fresh Grass Festival that is at least double the size of last year’s Bluegrass Festival, possibly more.

With a combination of indoor and outdoor performances, and a lineup that has both the classic and familiar mixed with some bright new talents, the September 21-23 weekend is going to be fun. Early bird tickets will save some real money too. Scroll down for more information on them. Here’s how MassMoCA describes it:

This three-day bluegrass extravaganza will be held September 21-23, 2012 and will feature afternoon and evening performances by David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Trampled By Turtles, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lonesome River Band, Joy Kills Sorrow, Cahalen & Eli, Leyla McCalla, and Devil Makes Three, plus Infamous Stringdusters and Spirit Family Reunion on Friday evening.

In addition to nonstop music, festival events include a banjo workshop with Alison Brown, events for kids, and local food and drink, plus admission to MASS MoCA’s sprawling art-filled galleries where festival-goers will enjoy pop-up concerts in addition to the best of contemporary art. The festival is co-produced with Manitou Media.

Joe Thompson talks Fresh Grass

Mass MoCA’s Director Joe Thompson explained the motivation for the weekend festival: “In addition to presenting some of the nation’s most inventive bluegrass talent alongside the greats in the field like David Grisman, we hope FreshGrass will draw visitors to our area in what is traditionally shoulder season.

“The weather in September tends to be warm and sunny — perfect for a couple of days of outdoor music. When you add the music to the chance to visit our galleries, attend workshops and enjoy great homegrown food and drink, you’ve got a memorable weekend. We’ve kept the all-inclusive price affordable and hope that people who enjoy bluegrass and the festival scene will join us with friends and family.”


Tickets for FreshGrass went on sale on Wednesday, April 11, with a two-week “early bird” discounted price on festival passes of just $36. Festival passes for students are just $26. Tickets are available through the festival website (freshgrass.com) and massmoca.org or by calling the Mass MoCA Box office at 413 662 2111.

After April 25, festival passes will cost $46 for adults, $26 for students, $16 for kids 6-16, and free for children under 6. Day passes for Saturday or Sunday only are $25 for adults, $15 for students, $5 for kids 6-16 and free for children under 6. Festival passes and day passes include gallery admission. Mass MoCA members receive a 10% discount.

Trampled by Turtles

The festival will be held rain or shine, moving inside to the Hunter Center in case of inclement weather. Festival-goers are welcome to bring blankets and cushions to sit on but should leave chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets at home. Limited bleacher seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets are available beginnning April 11 through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11 AM until 5 PM, closed Tuesday. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org.

About Mass MoCA

Mass MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. Mass MoCA is an independent 501C3 whose operations and programming are funded through admissions and commercial lease revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy. Except for an initial construction grant from the Commonwealth, and occasional competitive state and federal grants for specific programs, Mass MoCA is not government-funded.

4 thoughts on ““Fresh Grass” – Tickets Now for Mass MoCA’s Big Bluegrass Festival September 21-23, 2012

    • It has not been announced yet. That is usually done in the weeks preceding the actual festival. And while they will announce the time each act will begin, it is unlikely that any of us mortals will know how long each set will be. Like you, I am interested in such detail, but the pr people just give me “the look” like I am searching for TMI. Haha,

      • I wanted to get the early bird tickets, which ends today, so I just wanted a little more info. I went to one festival and the bands only played for 30min each except for the headliner, which was very disappointing. I also a little confused about what the format of the whole thing is. Is it a traditional festival or is it more workshops etc.? Does it go straight though the day or are there shows in the afternoon and separate ones in the evening? I’m also not sure if i can make it all of the days so it would be helpful to know what bands are playing what days. thanks.

      • Why not give them a call? (413) 662-2111. The last bluegrass event they had was pretty generous with music. They have a main stage indoors, an outdoor medium sized space (bring a blanket) and other areas they used for Wilco and the Solid Sound Festival. If anything, they are a refreshing change from a commercial setup. They are an art museum with a great contemporary music component.

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